After starting their season strong with three wins in the preseason and another two to start the regular season, Luke Richardson’s team has stumbled as of late.
The Binghamton Senators have now lost four of five games, including back to back games this past weekend in Portland and Manchester. The BSens are now off until this coming weekend, when they play consecutive away games against the Norfolk Admirals.
On Saturday, the BSens held a 40-31 advantage on the shot clock but still came up short, losing 4-2 to a Portland Pirates team that includes former Sens prospect David Rundblad. Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Cowick were the only goal scorers for Binghamton, with both goals coming while shorthanded.
Less than 24 hours later, the BSens were back in action and did not fare any better against the Manchester Monarchs. While I didn’t have a chance to tune in, by all accounts this was by far Binghamton’s sloppiest effort of the season thus far. Bingo was outshot 38-29 and were pretty much outplayed the whole way through.
Ben Bishop made his regular season debut and apparently showed some signs of rust, getting down by a couple goals early.
The American Hockey League schedule can make it very difficult for a goalie to get in any kind of groove. The BSens primarily play on weekends which means Bishop will have to wait a few more days before getting another shot at game action. You would expect Richardson to give Bishop one of the starts this weekend in Norfolk.
Hope to have a more complete BSens update later this week from our contributor Don Rieber who is busy seeking shelter from Hurricane Sandy. Hope all readers in the Binghamton area are doing the same.
- With absolutely zero progress to report on the CBA front, another Ottawa Senator has found work overseas. Sens forward Milan Michalek is the latest to join the European ranks, signing a contract with HC Mountfield in the Czech League. Martin Hanzal and Vinny Prospal have also signed on with the same team.
- It may not be hockey related, but I wanted to take time to congratulate Ottawa's own Brad Fritsch for clinching his spot on the PGA Tour over the weekend. Nothing has been made official yet but apparently Fritsch will sign a sponsorship deal with the Ottawa Senators and will have the team's logo on his golf bag. Pretty cool to see someone from the Ottawa-area on the Tour.